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Welcome to LA Johnny!

I’m John Burke, a certified arborist, licensed landscape architect, and expert in southern Californian trees. I’ve worked with many developers,

municipalities, and school districts on a variety of projects, and I can tell you the most expensive mistake I often see is failing to get tree risk assessments and reports done early. When you know what your plan and requirements regarding trees are from the start, your whole project benefits.

I’m more than a consulting arborist; I use my multi-faceted knowledge and experience to become an integral part of your landscape design team and save you time and money on your project.

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John was a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him. County and state regulations regarding protected trees and building around them can be very tricky and complex. John helped clarify all these regulations and pointed out all the options available to us. This made the job easy and efficient. He enjoys what he does and has helped us discover the many wonderful varieties of plants and trees that can make our yard or garden stand out.
- Branko Tadic
John was able to pick up our project and take us to the finish line. He joined the team mid-project after the previous arborist failed to perform. He quickly caught up to speed and produced great work in a short amount of time.
- Colby Young- Project Manager, Pacifica Companies
John Burke of LA Johnny has extensive background as a Landscape Architect. Through his extensive background, its enabled him to be an industry leader adhering to best practice in dealing with the natural and urban trees of our environment. John performs numerous consultations as well as provided us with a tree report for a proposed project including many trees to be saved and replaced due to new and existing development. He is thorough and bases best decisions upon sometimes otherwise difficult decisions placed on tree expectations.
- Jason Stetler, Principal of Landscape Architecture - Scarlett's Landscape Inc.
John understands the value trees add to our landscape projects and the problems they can create.  Understanding the difference is what makes John Burke a valued design team member.
- Paul Jordan, Landscape Architect
John is meticulous in his work. His fees are reasonable, his understands the perspective of his clients, and he completes his work in a timely manner.
- Chris Roberts-- Principal, Pacific Coast Land Design, Inc.
Mr. Burke is in the process of creating a data base for all District trees; we will now have accurate information to plan our tree budgets. My experience with John is that he is fair, honest, and a true joy to work with, I highly recommend his services.
- Richard Saint- Operations Manager, Ventura Unified School District

Recent Projects

Tree Risk Assessment Report - Southern Bike Trail

This study consisted of a basic Level II risk assessment of 102 trees growing in the vicinity of a newly built bike trail beside a section of Calleguas Creek in Southern, California.

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Tree Appraisal Report for Development Permit

This tree assessment report and appraisal were required by the Municipal Code of the City of Southern California.

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Tree Permit for Remodel Thousand Oaks

The new owners of 1 Oak Court (M. Client and B. Client) wish to remodel their single family dwelling by adding 766 square feet to the existing 1933.

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Arborist Construction Observation Report - Local Agency

On Tuesday December 16, 2014 I met with M.B. Client and Jamaal at the trailhead to discuss protecting the existing native oaks while allowing ingress/egress of essential construction equipment needed to repair the water line break.

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Pruning Specs Floss Silk Trees Ventura

Floss silk trees (Ceiba speciosa) like these at the District Office in Ventura are sometimes briefly deciduous in the fall. They aren’t consistent which is a bit unusual but normal for this species.

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Do you need a tree expert?

I provide consulting arborist services in Ventura and throughout Southern California. Contact me through the form below, and we can get started on your project today!

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